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An Introduction to the Atlatl

TitleAn Introduction to the Atlatl
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsWESCOTT, D.
EditorJAMISON, R., and L. JAMISON
Book TitleWoodsmoke: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills
CityBirmingham, AL
PublisherMenasha Ridge Press
Pages176-189
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

J. Whittaker: [OK intro, but too many errors]. He has an interesting concept of different kinds of atlatl systems: “throwing board” = rigid, heavy harpoons; “spear thrower” = some flex, long heavy spears [but atlatls don’t go back to Neanderthal times]; “flexible system” = SW, flexy light atlatls and darts with weights and other tuning; “casting stick” = baton de commandment and other thong-using throwers and very flexy atlatls [not the same]. [His explanations borrow too much from Perkins’ incorrect ideas of flex, and “tuning” and his diagram of throwing shows the atlatlist leaning forward and an unflexed dart.]

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